Lake Baikal restaurants

Top Choice Mongolian in Irkutsk

Kochevnik

Take your taste buds to the Mongolian steppe for some yurt-size portions of mutton, lamb and steak as well as filling soups and buuzy dumplings, sluiced down with a bottle from the decent foreign wine list. Smiley s…
Top Choice Russian in Irkutsk

Rassolnik

Arguably the best eating addition in the 130 Kvartal, this retro restaurant serves up a 100% Soviet-era menu (think upmarket pelmeni, okroshka, shchi, kvas and grandmother's pickles) in a plush Stalinist banqueting …
Bakery in Irkutsk

La Boulangerie & Patisserie

This is the kind of place Siberia's earliest Francophones, the Decembrists, must have dreamed would emerge in Irkutsk one day. Believe us, no freshly baked croissant feels more invigorating than the one consumed str…
Buryat in Irkutsk

Poznaya na Lenina

With a stylishly dark interior and Buryat-themed modern paintings on the walls, this otherwise unpretentious cheapie is possibly the best place to sample pozy (R40 per person) and other Buryat-Mongolian fare in the …
Buryat in Irkutsk

Baikal Love Cafe

For a quick introduction to native Siberians' food, check out this little eatery that serves Buryat buuzy dumplings, bukhlyor meat broth and suguday (Siberian version of ceviche) as well as Russian bliny pancakes an…
Seafood in Irkutsk

Dom Rybaka

You might have already been introduced to Siberian fish, but for fundamental ichthyology head to this upmarket restaurant on the outskirts of the old town. Nelma, chir, taymen and a dozen other fish varieties are se…
Pastries in Irkutsk

New Zealand Pies

Blown into central Eurasia by Pacific winds (along with myriad secondhand Japanese cars), this tiny joint churns out delicious pies with unusual fillings, from Pacific salmon and giblets in sour cream sauce to straw…
Cafeteria in Arshan & Tunka Valley

Zakusochnaya Khamar Daban

Located opposite the Sayan Sanatorium, this pleasant canteen serves up a large menu of Buryat comfort food, including boukhlyor (lamb broth), buuzy, khushuur (fried dumplings) and chebureki (juicy Tatar meat and che…
Russian in Listvyanka

Listvyanka Club

This new airy lakeside place focuses on Baikal fish, with omul cooked in cedar-seed juice (Russians call it cedar milk), bringing together the two most iconic local staples. There is also an ample list of meat dishe…
Asian in Irkutsk

Mamay

Like a nomad galloping through the steppe, the menu of this large modern restaurant carries goodies poached from all over Asia, from authentic tom yum and East Asian noodles to Siberian specialities, like muksun (wh…